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McWane Team Members across the Company Attend National VPP Conference

McWane Team at 31st Annual VPPPA Conference

L to R: Jim Voss – Manchester Tank, Quincy, Illinois (VPP Star Site); Mark Hill – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri (VPP Star Site); Chris Cantrell – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Ross Boeker – McWane Corporate, Birmingham, Alabama; Alicia Hardacre -Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Bill Kays – Tyler Couplings, Marshfield, Missouri; Kent Arnold – McWane Ductile-Ohio, Coshocton, Ohio (VPP Star Site); David Vasquez – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah (VPP Star Site) ; Gary Wood – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah; Ryan Grassley – McWane Ductile-Utah, Provo, Utah

Several team members across the McWane family of companies attended the 31st Annual National VPPPA Conference in Grapevine, Texas, this week. Attendees pictured from left to right:

Attendees attend educational workshops designed to allow participants to exchange the latest best practices, programs, and innovations in occupational health and safety. The conference attracts some of the most innovative manufacturers of environmental, health and safety products and services, which give attendees an opportunity to see the latest and greatest products displayed all in one location.

We are proud that McWane currently has six facilities that have been certified by OSHA as VPP sites, which is evidence of our strong commitment to the best safety practices possible. We are committed to being the best we can be by doing our very best!

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McWane Ductile-Ohio Mentors Other Companies Pursuing OSHA VPP Certification

McWane Ductile - Ohio VPP Mentoring

The Columbus, Ohio, OSHA office recently recommended McWane Ductile-Ohio (MDO) as a mentor to another company seeking VPP certification. MDO was happy to meet with the safety team from Messer Construction Company to share the history of their VPP journey.

MDO team member Kent Arnold (pictured second from left) shared MDO’s VPP journey and fielded questions from Messer representatives. Kent’s strong commitment to safety and VPP and his willingness to share McWane’s success is a true testament to his dedication to McWane and the safety of our team members.

Since their recognition as an VPP Star Site in 2010, MDO has been asked by OSHA to mentor other companies pursuing VPP certification. In 2011, OSHA picked MDO as a VPP mentor for Republic Engineered Products because MDO and Republic have similar product types and they also share similar safety challenges and hazards.

In 2012, MDO mentored Chase Brass & Copper Company located in Montpelier, Ohio. MDO representatives visited Chase Brass four times to meet with hourly and management personnel to answer questions about VPP and tour the facilities to identify safety concerns and share best practices.

Kent is a third generation MDO team member and his commitment to safety is not only recognized by his fellow team members, but has been recognized by OSHA as well. He was awarded the OSHA Region V VPPPA Safety Champion Award in 2014 and he travels to other McWane facilities to assist them in reaching their goal of VPP certification.

Manchester Tank Elkhart Team Celebrates VPP Star Re-certification!

MTE VPP Star RecertificationOn Wednesday, June 17, the Manchester Tank & Equipment team in Elkhart, Indiana, celebrated the 5-year renewal of their VPP Star status. The Elkhart facility has been a Star site since 2008 and this latest renewal extends Elkhart’s Star designation to 2020.

Team members were congratulated by Jill Drajer (MTE-Elkhart General Manager), Robert Graumann (MTE President), and Tim Maley (Deputy Commissioner, Indiana Department of Labor – IOSHA).

Everyone enjoyed a hog roast, signed banners, and posed for a team photo to celebrate the re-certification!

McWane Ductile Ohio Hosts OSHA SGE Classes

McWane Ductile Ohio Hosts OSHA SGE ClassesMcWane Ductile Ohio recently hosted an OSHA Special Government Employee (SGE) training class. Individuals that are interested in becoming a SGE must be familiar with OSHA Regulations and VPP requirements and have experience in a leadership position. They must also have strong interpersonal skills. More importantly, management must support their decision to become an SGE. The three day course was conducted by Nancy Mugavero, OSHA Region V VPP Manager from Chicago, Illinois, and David Wilson, OSHA Assistant Area Director from Columbus, Ohio.

A total of seven students attending the training, two of which were McWane team members (Barb Wisniewski and Shawn McGarry).

McWane Ductile – Ohio now has three SGE’s!

Tyler Pipe & Coupling Celebrates VPP Star Recertification

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Alicia Hardacre (Safety Manager) and Tim Graham (EHS Technician)

Tyler Pipe and Coupling held a luncheon to celebrate their VPP Star Re-certification. During the event, the VPP Ergo Cup Team presented their two top 12 finishing Ergo Cup projects to the entire team. Team members were treated to hamburgers, hot dogs, and a delicious cake.

Congratulations to the entire Tyler Pipe & Coupling team for your VPP re-certification and your two Ergo Cup projects!

Manchester Tank Quincy Currently Undergoing Gap Analysis Evaluation

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

L to R: Jim Grawe, Rex Blevins (Group Safety Director), Wanda Hendrix (HR Director, McWane), Mary Kendrick, Jason Eads, and Rick Nesbit

Manchester Tank & Equipment in Quincy, IL (MTQ), has welcomed several visitors during the past few weeks in conjunction with their participation in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). VPP recognizes employers and workers in both private industries and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems. They also must maintain injury and illness rates below the national statistical averages set by the Bureau of Labor for their respective agencies.

Currently, MTQ is undergoing a gap analysis evaluation. During this evaluation, health and safety team members from the McWane organization visit MTQ to perform onsite employee interviews.

Amerex Hosts NAVPPC Meeting

Amerex NAVPPC MeetingAmerex was proud to host the quarterly meeting of the North Alabama Voluntary Protection Program Committee at the Trussville Civic Center. Over 50 industry representatives from companies in central and northern Alabama participated in the event. Included were speakers presenting on topics such as incident investigation, an update on the OSHA’s focus areas, and an overview of “The McWane Story”. Following the morning meeting and lunch, attendees toured the facility at Amerex where a mock VPP audit was conducted.

Amerex is taking the steps necessary to pursue VPP certification. Many of the attendee/auditors commented on how well Amerex was prepared and that they believed the facility would be able to achieve VPP in the near future.

Keep up the great work, Amerex! Your hard work will soon pay off!